by John Grooms
We're happy that Judge Howard Manning has ordered a court hearing to determine whether proposed state education cuts would violate kids' constitutional right to a quality education. Were also pleased to see that Manning has been reading our blog posts, as we brought up the same question last week (N.C.s constitution specifically mandates a public school system, including the UNC system). OK, maybe Manning came to the same conclusion without seeing our blog post, but it doesnt matter.
What really matters is that Manning's hearing could come just in time, as the New Bosses from the GOP are threatening to cut their way beyond the fat in the statewide education budget, move on past the meat, and start sawing away at the bones. As we wrote earlier, one of the basic assumptions of civilization is this: Education and knowledge are the most critical elements for having a thriving nation and culture. The states New Bosses, however, either dont know about that or just couldnt care less. Considering the mix of Bible-thumpers, grasping business interests, militia wannabes and cultural retards now running the General Assembly, my guess is that both are true.
Maybe the lawmakers will listen to Manning, and uphold their constitutional duty. And maybe, soon afterward, pigs will fly out of House Speaker Thom Tillis butt (and to think the guy is a former PTA leader). At the very least, however, Mannings hearing will open the door to constitutional challenges to Tillis & Co.s destructive, drastic education cuts. Again, as we said last week, it doesnt take a genius to see that the New Bosses cuts are in 180-degree opposition to both the letter and the spirit of the states constitution. Maybe the Tea Party faithful who took over the state legislature should respect the states Founding Fathers as much as they claim to respect the nations founders.